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Pot farm raid targets family for second time

Chopper spots marijuana, seven arrested, one still sought


Portion of the 120 small marijuana plants seized during raid. 
Photo coursey Milam County Sheriff’s Department Portion of the 120 small marijuana plants seized during raid. Photo coursey Milam County Sheriff’s Department For the second time in nine years a Rockdale-area family has been charged with growing marijuana on their farm west of town.

Seven members of the Coy Doss family were arrested last Wednesday after a DPS helicopter spotted what law enforcement officers believe was a commercial grade marijuana growing operation at 6018 West US 79 about seven miles west of the city limits.

The same farm was raided on Sept. 21, 2004 and about 800 marijuana plants were seized in what officials called the largest drug bust in Milam County history.

Coy Doss, 67, who was on parole from his 2004 conviction was not arrested last Wednesday but Chief Deputy Chris White said he believed the parolee had been present and two warrants have been issued for his arrest.

Arrested were:

• Mary Margaret Doss, 62, Rockdale, possession of marijuana, 4 ounces to 5 pounds, possession of a controlled substance (4 to 400 grams), tampering/ fabricating physical evidence, in custody on $50,000 bond.

• Sophia Grace Doss, 18, Rockdale, possession of marijuana, 4 ounces to 5 pounds, possession of a controlled substance (4 to 400 grams), tampering/fabricating physical evidence, released on $50,000 bond.

• Rose Marie Doss, 22, Colorado, possession of marijuana, 4 ounces to 5 pounds, possession of a controlled substance (4 to 400 grams), tampering/fabricating physical evidence, released on $50,000 bond.

• Jubilee Hanuman Doss, 33, Rockdale, possession of marijuana, 4 ounces to 5 pounds, possession of a controlled substance (4 to 400 grams), in custody on $50,000 bond.

• Theodore Emory Doss, 23, Colorado, possession of marijuana, 4 ounces to 5 pounds, possession of a controlled substance (4 to 400 grams), released on $30,000 bond.

• Apolline Violet Doss, 35, Rockdale, possession of marijuana, 4 ounces to 5 pounds, possession of a controlled substance (4 to 400 grams), in custody on $30,000 bond.

• Arthur Diamond Doss, 35, Rockdale, possession of marijuana, 4 ounces to 5 pounds, possession of a controlled substance (4 to 400 grams) in custody, released on $50,000 bond.

White said Coy and Margaret Doss are husband and wife and the others arrested included their children and other family members.

TIP—White said the sheriff’s department has been working on the case since receiving a tip last year that there was again marijuana growing activity at the 50-acre farm.

“We obtained a DPS helicopter and flew over the farm months go,” he said. “ There was some cultivation going on. We decided we would return a month when a crop was up and that turned out to be last week.”

White said a crop believed to be marijuana was spotted and sheriff’s department personnel and DPS state troopers were directed to the location.

“There was a small marijuana field nestled in a heavily-wooded area,” White said. “ There was smoke coming from the chimney of one of the buildings with a heavy odor of marijuana.”

White said tampering with evidence charges were filed in connection with the burning marijuana.

Investigators located the clearing seen from the air and recovered 120 small marijuana plants between 18 and 20 inches tall.

“ There were other locations throughout the property where marijuana was being cultivated and processed for use,” White said.

“Deputies also located mushrooms which had been collected and dried to be used as a hallucinogenic,” he said. “This specific type of mushroom contains Psilobycin, which is classified as a controlled substance.”

“It’s our opinion this was a commercial marijuana growing operation,” White said.

PAROLEE—White said officers believe Coy Doss was on the scene when they arrived but the parolee was not located.

“ It’s 50 acres and heav ily wooded,” White said. “We have issued arrest warrants are looking for him and, of course, have notified his parole officer.

Officers, and the Milam County Prosecutor’s Office, were on the scene for more than 16 hours searching the farm’s numerous buildings and gathering evidence.

2004 RAID—Nine years ago a similar scenario unfolded.

After a DPS helicopter f lew over the Doss farm, members of the Central Texas Narcotics Task Force, including the Milam County Sheriff’s Department, found over 800 marijuana plants, and 33 boxes of marijuana in a residence, most of it in what was termed a “drying area.”

Officer said the 2004 marijuana patch was a couple of acres in size and had an “elaborate” irrigation and fertilizer system.

Doss received a 10-year prison term and was on parole in connection with that sentence.

Two of the Doss’s sons were convicted in connection with the raid nine years ago and received probated terms.

Neither was charged in connection with last week’s raid but White said fingerprint evidence is being rev iewed and more charges may be filed later.


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